Osteoprotegerin and osteoprotegerin ligand effects on osteoclast formation from human peripheral blood mononuclear cell precursors.


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Osteoprotegerin (OPG) and its ligand (OPGL) negatively and positively regulate osteoclastogenesis in the mouse. OPG inhibits osteoclastogenesis by sequestering its ligand, OPGL, the osteoclast differentiation and activation factor. This study demonstrates the effects of soluble muOPGL and huOPG on the developing human osteoclast phenotype, on bone slices, using peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), cultured for 2 weeks, without stromal cells. OPGL (2-50 ng/ml), in combination with CSF-1, hydrocortisone (HC), and 1,25(OH)2D3, increases the size of osteoclast-like cells on bone, as defined by the acquisition of osteoclast markers: vitronectin receptor (VR), tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP), multinuclearity, and bone resorption. By 14 days, with 20 ng/ml OPGL, the largest cells/10x field have achieved an average diameter of 163+/-38 microm, but only approximately 10-20 microm in its absence and the number of osteoclast-like cells/mm2 bone surface is about 128. By scanning electron microscopy, OPGL-treated (20-ng/ml) cultures contain small osteoclast-like cells on bone with ruffled "apical" surfaces by day 7; by day 15, large osteoclast-like cells are spread over resorption lacunae. At 15 ng/ml OPGL, about 37% of the bone slice area is covered by resorption lacunae. OPG (5-250 ng/ml) antagonizes the effects of OPGL on the morphology of the osteoclast-like cells that form, as well as bone erosion. For cells grown on plastic, Cathepsin K mRNA levels, which are barely detectable at plating, are elevated 7-fold, by 5 days, in the presence, not the absence, of OPGL (20 ng/ml) + CSF-1 (25 ng/ml). Similar findings are observed in experiments performed in the absence of HC and 1,25(OH)2D3, indicating that HC and 1,25(OH)2D3 are not needed for OPGL-induced osteoclast differentiation. In conclusion, this study confirms a pivotal role for OPGL and OPG in the modulation of human osteoclast differentiation and function, suggesting a use for OPG for treating osteoclast-mediated bone disease in humans.

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Cited Authors

  • Shalhoub, V; Faust, J; Boyle, WJ; Dunstan, CR; Kelley, M; Kaufman, S; Scully, S; Van, G; Lacey, DL

Published Date

  • February 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 251 - 261

PubMed ID

  • 10022507

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10022507

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4644

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0730-2312

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/(sici)1097-4644(19990201)72:2<251::aid-jcb9>3.0.co;2-w


  • eng